Equine emergencies. Treatment and Procedures
Equine emergencies. Treatment and Procedures
4th ed., 898 pages, 50 ill., Elsevier, January 2014
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Respond quickly and confidently to emergency situations with the only text dedicated entirely to equine emergency treatment. The latest edition of this reliable manual is vastly expanded to encompass a wide range of new and evolving topics in horse care, with thorough, step-by-step procedures for the most effective emergency treatment. Portable for use in the clinic or in the field and presented for the first time in full color, it’s your one-source guide for complete equine emergency support.

  • NEW! Chapter covering bacterial and viral diseases
  • NEW! Chapter on emergency diagnostic procedures keeps you up-to-date on all the tests needed to determine the most effective treatment.
  • NEW! Chapter on gene testing provides information on which gene tests and labs should be performed.
  • NEW! Chapter on biopsy techniques highlights the different instruments available, endoscopic and laparoscopic techniques, as well as how to perform a pleuritis examination.
  • NEW! Chapter on laboratory submission offers the latest information on tests, laboratory charts, guidelines for making an appropriate submission, and blood drawing.
  • NEW! Chapters on feeding and starvation and flood injury supply the latest guidelines for nutrition, disaster medicine, and snake bites/envenomation.
  • arms you with critical information on diagnostic labs, collection, submission, and interpretation.




Important Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures for Emergency Care

1. Blood Collection

2. Medication Administration and Alternative Methods of Drug Administration

3. Intravenous Catheter Selection, Sites for Placement and Maintenance

4. Venous Cutdown

5. Intraosseous and Regional Perfusion

6. Biopsy Techniques

7. Hyperbaric Oxygen Indications in Emergencies

8. Alternative Therapies in Emergencies: Acupuncture

Section II: Emergency Imaging, Endoscopy, Laboratory Diagnostics and Monitoring

9. Bacterial, Fungal and Viral Diagnostic Samples

10. Critical and Emergency Care Monitoring Techniques

11. Cytology

12. Emergency Diagnostic Endoscopy

13. Gene Testing

14. Imaging Techniques and Indications for the Emergency Patient

15. Laboratory Tests and Point of Care Diagnostics


Section I: Body and Organ Systems

16. Blood Coagulation Disorders

17. Cardiovascular System

18. Gastrointestinal System

19. Integumentary System

20. Liver Failure, Anemia and Blood Transfusion

21. Musculoskeletal System

22. Nervous System

23. Ophthalmology

24. Reproduction System

25. Respiratory System

26. Urinary System

Section II: Pregnancy, Perinatal/Neonatal Period

27. Monitoring the Pregnant Mare

28. Emergency Foaling

29. Foal Resuscitation

30. Perinatology

31. Neonatology

Section III: Shock, Temperature Related Problems, Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome and Muti-Organ Dysfunction Syndrome

32. Shock, Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS), Multi-Organ Dysfunction Syndrome (MODS)

33. Temperature Related Problems: Hypothermia and Hyperthermia


34. Toxicology


Section I: Special Problems

35. Burns, Acute Soft Tissue Swellings. Pigeon Fever

36. Caring for the Down Horse

37. Disaster Medicine

38. Diseases Unique to Donkeys and Miniature Horses

39. Diseases Unique to Draft Horses

40. Emergency Diseases Unique to Countries Outside the Continental United States

41. Flood Injury

42. Foot Injuries

43. Laminitis

44. Orthopedic Emergencies of the Racing Athlete

45. Snake Envenomination

46. Thoracic Trauma

Section II: Anesthesia

47. Anesthesia for Out-of-Hospital Emergencies

48. Euthanasia/Humane Destruction

49. Pain Management

Section III: Nutrition

50. Approach to the Feed and Starvation Emergency

51. Nutritional Guidelines for the Injured, Hospitalized and Postsurgical Patient

Section IV: Biosecurity

52. Contagious and Zoonotic Diseases

53. Standard Precautions and Infectious Disease Management







A. Emergency Drugs, Recommended Dosages and Adverse Drug Events

B. Drugs for Specific Emergencies, Protocols and Clinical Situations


  • Antibiotics - Concentration Dependent vs. Time Dependent Drugs



  • Anesthetic Induction



  • Cardio-Respiratory Resuscitation



  • Cardiac Arrhythmia Drugs and Protocols



  • Pharmacologic Adjuncts to Intubation



  • Physical and Chemical Restraint



  • Pressors



  • Prokinetics



  • Seizure Control



  • Sepsis



  • Shock



    C. Adverse Drug Events and Management

    D. Clinical Signs and Overdose Response of Commonly Used Medications and

    Recommended Treatments


  • Clinical Pharmacology and Emergency Drug Facts
    Reference Values
    Miscellaneous Charts and Tables Useful in Clinical Practice
    Important Equivalents and Conversions for Clinical Practice
    Commonly Used Formulas and Calculations in Emergency Care










    Section I:

    James A. Orsini, DVM, DACVS, Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, New Bolton Center, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania


    Thomas J. Divers, DVM, Dipl ACVIM, ACVECC, Professor of Medicine New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, The Health Science Unit of Cornell University, Department of Clinical Studies, Ithaca, NY, USA

    Item Code: EQUIN284
    ISBN: 9781455708925
    Weigth: 2300 g
    Species: Horse
    Discipline: Critical care medicine
    VAT: VAT Exempt